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Theatre Research and PhD Programmes

Theatre embraces an expanding research environment which advances a transdisciplinary vision connecting artistic performance, dance, spoken, physical and musical theatre, playwriting, digital art, and performance design, along with critical cultural performance and postcolonial studies. The subject brings together research interests of our staff in order to investigate the processes at the frontiers of the theatrical arts and performance technologies. Our activities centre on the integration of creative arts, performance writing, directing, choreography and performance design with digital technologies. We look at diverse modes of enactment, dramatic and choreographic expression, physical culture, digital creativity and cultural interaction, and social, political and historical forces shaping theatrical practices.

Research opportunities for students 

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students.

Research in Theatre

Find people, projects, groups and publications in Theatre and read more about related research to this area. 

Independent assessment of our research quality (REF 2021)

Research centres and groups

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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